Happy Birthday Daddy!

It’s my dad’s birthday today 🙂

We originally planned to go to Festival Mall to have lunch but we decided to just have a small party at home.  I’m not even sure if “party” is the right word.  (How many guests need to be there before it’s considered a “party”?)

Anyway, it was just the four of us, Kurt, his grandma, his sister, my uncle and Vesma.  Brinks was also supposed to come but she decided she’d rather have shoes than cake and went with Aprille to go shopping XD

It was a very simple celebration.  We sung the birthday song, ate palabok and watched Noy’s inaugural speech on TV.

I don’t really have much to say except


(EZRA) 24/52 : Study Hard and Play Hard!

Ezra’s portrait two weeks ago which I also forgot to post.  She sorta looks like me in this picture, doesn’t she?

We cheated, this was taken a week late.  We had relatives visiting the week before so we didn’t have time to shoot her portrait.

I love her notebook ^___^

Her description:
New notebook for school. It doesn’t look like it should belong to a graduate student, but I still decided to buy it because it’s just too cute.

I never really liked studying, but it’s something that I need to do.  I do my best to balance my study and play time (although I fail to do so a lot of the time (hehe).

Thanks a lot to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!

Week 24/52 : Close your eyes and dream what I see

Self portrait two weeks ago which I forgot to post here.

It took me forever to get this right. Most of the time, the camera clicked after I landed on the ground.  To improve my hang time, I stacked some books up and used them as a platform to jump off of.   It helped a bit, but it still took me a couple of tries before I was satisfied.  It probably would have been easier if I had my sister to help me out with the timing, but she was with Kurt (and I wanted to see if I could do it myself).

I wish my right hand looked more graceful.  (I was holding the remote)

Title is from the lyrics of the song “Cool Whispers” by Ike Yoshihiro

China Picts (part 1 of 3) : Jade Museum, Ming Tombs, Great Wall and Silk Museum

Since we didn’t know anyone in China who would be willing to show us around, we decided to join a tour  group which lasted for two days.  I’m too lazy to write about all the places we went to so I’ll just spam you with some pictures taken during the first day of our tour.


This was supposedly one of the biggest jade museums in China

We saw lots of displays and a workshop where students and masters craft the jade into works of art

The guide taught us the proper way to distinguish real jade from fake jade.  The first way is by lightly hitting it with a hard object and listening – real jade should produce a high tinkling sound, similar to when you tap a crystal goblet.  Another method is by holding it up to the light – fake jade usually allow light to pass through while real jade should block it.

Shopping for souvenirs

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Pasalubong Diaries : Korea (More Etude House goodies!)

My parents arrived home yesterday from their 4-day trip to Korea, where they attended a conference for work.  Ezra and I wanted to go with them, but we couldn’t afford to miss any of our classes.  Anyway, the presents they got us show how much they really know us.  We didn’t ask for any of these when they left, they found them all on their own (well, mostly).

My mom got me this Dear Darling Lip Tint from Etude House, yaaaay~  I tried it today and its pretty similar to the Lip and Cheek Stain from the Body Shop.  The only thing I don’t like about it is the smell.  It sorta reminds me of cough syrup.

She got this Dear Darling Lip Gloss for Ezra.  This one smells really good.

My dad didn’t really know what to get us, so he texted me that night to ask if we needed more BB creams since they were cheaper over there, LOL.  (I was surprised he knew what BB creams were and how much they normally cost).  I told him we still have some left, so I asked him to look for other Etude House products that we’ve been meaning to buy.  They went back to the shop the next day to get them for us.

He got me this Dr. Oil Solution Shine Free Finish Pact.  I saw this on my last visit to Etude House about a month ago.  I haven’t read that much reviews about it since it’s still fairly new (I think), but I wanted to try it.  The words “oil solution” caught my attention (I have oily skin), hehe.

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Starry Night : Nail art

As soon as I got the chance, I tried out the new nail polish and french manicure tip guide I got on my last visit to Etude House.

Nail art stuff.  (I ended up not using the black nail art pen)

Pretty silver nails 🙂

Used my favorite nail stickers.  They were the very first set I bought from Etude House 🙂

Lastly, I added black nail polish to the tips with the help of the french manicure guide.

I love the results, and it didn’t take that long to do.  The silver nail polish is really pretty and the french manicure tip guide was easy to use.